Posted by Bob Brunskill
The UAE-based international airline Emirates is lobbying the Canadian government to allow it to offer more flights to and from Canada.
Emirates hopes to use a study to prove the economic benefits that more flights would bring to Canada.
The study suggests that increasing flights between Toronto and Dubai from three times a week to as much as twice a day would boost the Canadian economy by up to $480 million a year.
In addition, Emirates claims that the added flights would create about 2,860 full-time jobs and add about 27,000 tonnes of capacity for cargo shipments between Canada and Dubai.
Gordon Campbell, the premier of the Canadian province of British Colombia, said: "This study identifies a great economic opportunity and highlights the need for more progress on open skies agreements to remove barriers to international tourism and commerce."
The Canadian government has said it will look into the situation to see if more flights are needed.
Earlier this month, Boeing said that the prospects for air travel growth in the Middle East are strong, Gulf News reported.